A Short Trip to Mandarmoni (9th-11th Aug, 2013)

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Hi Friends ,

I am back from Mandarmoni last Sunday. I'll share my experiences with you all with a detailed review of the hotel and road. Got a little busy with office after coming back. I will try to pen down everything and upload pictures within this coming weekend.
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Hi Saptarshi,

Eagerly waiting for your trip report ...... and lots and lots of snaps.....I suppose.
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I am back from Mandarmoni last Sunday. I'll share my experiences with you all with a detailed review of the hotel and road. Got a little busy with office after coming back. I will try to pen down everything and upload pictures within this coming weekend.
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Originally Posted by kol2012 View Post Hi Saptarshi,

Eagerly waiting for your trip report ...... and lots and lots of snaps.....I suppose.
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@kol2012 - Thanks I will be posting them soon.

@Legend - Please don't get mad. As I said I'm really getting drained out due to the pressure in my office. Please bear with me a little and I promise to try to satisfy all my fellow IMers with my TR & pics

@Sutapa Di - I'm joining your Mandarmoni Club now I'm a great fan of your and Ashish Kaku's TR. You two are my travel gurus
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Preparation of the trip

It's been a long time since our last Kasmir Trip in April 2012. Regular chores, mundane routine, boring office jobs and the city crowd were taking their toll on us. Each day we were getting more and more frustrated. It seemed as if we are in urgent need to breathe free for some time. This was the situation when we started planning for a short trip. We considered a lot of places like Mongpong, Rasikbil, Bhalkimachan, Digha, Daringbadi etc. But all were cancelled due to different reasons like unavailability of accomodations, cost, disturbance in the hill, being unable to go for booking office due to busy schedule etc.
Then suddenly came the idea of Mandarmoni . We needed a budget trip but we did not want to travel by train. So we started making rough estimates. We were 7 heads. So we needed a SUV like Sumo/Scorpio. But current rates are quite high due fuel price hike and it was unlikely that we could hire car on dry basis as suggested by somnath. But my father said that he may be able to manage a Sumo owned by one of his colleagues at a cheap rate. After a few days he confirmed that the Sumo will be available at a flat rate of Rs. 5000 for the whole trip except fooding and lodging of the driver. Now we wanted a good hotel and we started calling up different hotels like Neel Nirjane, Tarangamala, Shantiniketan etc. But all were not feasible due to either unavailability or high room rents. Suddenly we found a resort called Eco Villa Resort on internet and we found the location of the hotel was awesome according to our needs. We called up the contact there and he said they can give us 2 DB cottage rooms for Rs. 1500 each. And he said all 7 of us will be allowed to stay in those two room with the extra charge of 1 person of Rs. 300 per day. That seemed OK with us. Then we asked how shall we book the rooms, where is their office. For some reasons he was unwilling to give us the address of their Kolkata office in Rajballavpara. He said their is no need for any advance or receipt for the booking. He just sent us an SMS saying that booking is confirmed on the specified dates and the room nos. At first we were a bit suspicious of this booking style but after his repeated assurance we decided to go for it.
So, this was all about the preparation for our Mandarmoni trip.
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Thanks for the first installment

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Originally Posted by Saptarshi Majumdar View Post ....For some reasons he was unwilling to give us the address of their Kolkata office in Rajballavpara.....
May be they do not have an office in Kolkata but the office of their travel agent is located here and they were just saving the Travel Agent Concession hence the SMS booking. Whatever, if it is a confirmed booking and there is no deviation then its OK.

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Originally Posted by somnath View Post Thanks for the first installment



May be they do not have an office in Kolkata but the office of their travel agent is located here and they were just saving the Travel Agent Concession hence the SMS booking. Whatever, if it is a confirmed booking and there is no deviation then its OK.

Yes...this might be the probable reason
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Some snaps will be ice in the cake...
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9th August 2013

We woke up early at 5.30AM and quickly finished our morning chores. The car was asked to come at 7AM near our house and the driver was supposed to call us. But till 7.15AM he didn't come. So we called the driver and he said that he is getting late because while coming from the garage near Moulali one of the tires got punctured . After waiting impatiently for an hour ultimately he came and after picking up all the members we started our journey at 8.30AM. We knew we were late and will not be able to reach our destination before 1.30PM considering that we will have breakfast on the way which would roughly take an hour.

We took the route of Airport - Belgharia Expressway. After driving for about 2 hours we crossed Kolaghat Bridge which is in good condition now. The old bridge is now closed for renovation. After another 10mins from Kolaghat bridge we came to reach Sher-eBengal Dhaba for breakfast as planned.



After having a nice breakfast with Dhosa and Roti-Tarka we again started our journey at around 11.30AM. On the way we called the hotel manager of Eco Villa Resort for ordering the lunch so that they keep it ready at that time. We ordered Rice, Dal, Alu bhaja, Alu posto, Mixed Veg and Rui Fish Curry. The manager also warned us not to reach Mandarmoni before 1-1.30 because car will not be able to descend on beach as there will be high tides.

After taking the left turn from Chaulkhola we were expecting that we would reach hotel within half an hour because it's only 15-16Kms from there and the last 4Kms drive will be on the beach. Previously there used to be a way to beach after about 10-11Kms from Chaulkhola crossing. But this time we saw that the road is closed for indefinite time (i think permanently) and the cars need to travel through a very narrow village road for the last 4Kms. The road was so narrow that it's very difficult for even 2 Tata Nano to pass side by side. There was also cars, trekkers etc coming from opposite directions. That stretch of 4Kms took about 1h 15mins to cross. Ultimate the car descended on the beach at it's end just after Shantiniketan Hotel. We reached Eco Villa Resort at about 2.30PM.

The first view of Eco Villa Resort was exactly as we saw on internet . They had 5-6 cottages in which they had about 12 rooms. We had one cottage where room nos. 109 & 110 booked for ourselves. We checked with no problems. The rooms were neat and clean. They were big enough to accomodate 4 people in one and 3 in another easily.



After freshening up we went for the pre-ordered lunch. All the food were good enough except the mixed veg and the Rui fish curry. The fish curry was really bad - the spices and the water used cook were separated (Jhol theke moshla alada hoye gechilo) . Anyways after the lunch I went to the room for a little nap and rest of the members went to the beach for walk.





In the evening we had a light drink sitting in the lawn of the hotel and enjoyed the cool sea breeze. It was really refreshing. At night we ordered chinese food there. Mixed Fried Rice, Chilli Chicken and Chowmein. It was good enough, atleast much better than lunch . After the dinner we again gossiped till 1AM or so and went to sleep .
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nice writeup........next part please
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Originally Posted by Saptarshi Majumdar View Post After another 10mins from Kolaghat bridge we came to reach Sher-eBengal Dhaba for breakfast as planned.
The restaurant seems to be of decent type, with ample parking space. Will you please tell me which side of the main road is it located, if I am travelling from Calcutta and driving west towards Kharagpur?
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Do they still allow cars on the main beach? Did you reach your hotel by descending on the beach with your hired car?
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Originally Posted by rahul4640 View Post The restaurant seems to be of decent type, with ample parking space. Will you please tell me which side of the main road is it located, if I am travelling from Calcutta and driving west towards Kharagpur?

Do they still allow cars on the main beach? Did you reach your hotel by descending on the beach with your hired car?
Rahul Da,

While travelling from Kolkata towards Digha/Mandarmoni/Tajpur etc, after crossing Kolaghat bridge first we come across the place where we have Sher-e-Punjab on the right hand side of the road. Then we need to take a left turn towards Hadia/Tamluk/Mecheda and cross the Kolaghat Thermal Power Station. There we will come across Sher-e-Bengal, the restaurant you asked for.

Yes they still allow cars on the main beach as we have seen. But they don't allow the cars to descend on the beach from the sloping area through which we used to earlier. If you have driven earlier to Mandarmoni you may remember that after descending on the beach we needed to take a right turn and drive about 2-3Kms to reach the rose valley resort. Now that is not possible and we have to descend on the beach at it's end and take left turn to go to Rose Valley. Hope I could give you a clear picture.

Take a look at the map below. The red arrows indicated the old route and the green arrows indicate the new route. The red circled left turn is now closed.

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Thanks Khak. Will soon write the next part.
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10th August, 2013

We woke up around 9AM. After having morning tea we ordered Alu Paratha for breakfast. They were very tasty along with the pickles. Satisfying our stomach we were all ready for diving in the Sea at 11.30AM. As it was high tide at that time we didn't have to walk much to get the sea water. It was just outside the hotel compound. All of us had a lot of fun and bathed in the Sea for about an hour and a half .

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Then we came back to the hotel and took normal water bath. It started raining quiet heavily at that time. And rain in sea side always looks awesome. I quickly clicked some pictures with my camera. Then we went for lunch. We had ordered Rice, dal, bhindi masala and egg curry. The egg curry was much better than the fish curry we had the previous day.











After the lunch we decided to hire a van and go to mohona. Although there is nothing to see much at mohona but it's a cool place to be . Long vacant beach with calm water and a little greenery. The other side of mohona is probably Tajpur I guess.



We came back from mohona and had tea in a shop on the beach. It was feeling great. Cool sea breeze blowing through our hair. Though waves were not visible because it was dark by then but the roar of the sea can definitely be heard. Sitting at a small tea stall gossiping away to our heart's content and sipping on hot tea. Felt brilliant.

At night we enjoyed our ADDA with 12yrs Black Dog, chicken pakora and chilli fish . Both the dish were tasty enough but also costly. At night we had our dinner with Roti and chicken kasha and went to sleep with satisfaction in our hearts but also a little sadness as tomorrow we will again be back amidst the hustle and bustle of the city crowd.

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